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Issue 6, May 23, 2009
— Guy Finley,
Your True Nature is High
Guy Finley — Your True Nature is
is nothing wrong with being a successful human being. In fact, the
purpose of your life is to win. But what if, in your quest for this
victory, you were accidentally drawn into a compelling game in which,
unknown to you, it was impossible to win no matter how well you
performed or religiously followed the “rules?”
of finding the freedom to run as you wish, you found yourself moving
more and more mechanically through your days? And, to make matters
worse, each passing day leaves you feeling more frustrated than
fulfilled because of an ever-increasing pressure to win!
whenever you looked around to see how the other players were doing, it
was obvious they were just as disappointed with the game as you. No one
was really winning anything!
Then one day, to your great shock
and amazement, you discover that along with everyone else out there on
the playing field, you had been tricked into taking part in a crazy
game in which the rules you were taught to play by allowed you to
score, but never to stop running! You could compete, but never achieve
any meaningful or lasting victory.
This metaphor provides us
with an uncompromising glimpse into our own present life-position. And
precisely because it is an uncompromising view, it not only tells us
why our days can feel so futile, but it also hints at a previously
unthinkable solution to our sad situation. Maybe there is a way to win,
For the first time we begin to understand why, in
spite of our best efforts to come out on top, we are so often thrown
for a loss in our relationships and everyday affairs. When these
defeats pile up, life seems more of a punishment than a pleasure. We
want to give up and walk away. But we can't. The rules we've been
taught – and that we play by – don't cover or even acknowledge the
possibility of life off of the field. We feel stuck.
little by little, just like the slow but steady drop in temperature
that chills you without your knowing it, giving up just happens. We
stop caring about the lasting things that make life good and noble, and
start hoping for those little moments that make life on the field seem
Listen. Don't give up.
You don't have to. You can win in a brand new way. How? Just let go!
go of all the familiar but useless rules of rigor that tell you life
would be meaningless without running around in some kind of conflict.
Stop referring to your own well worn but useless wish that your life
will get better the longer you play. It won't – unless we believe that
feeling exhausted is the same as being exalted. This is why we must
start seeing the facts.
Yes, let go. Walk away. Nothing can stop
you. Believe me, this is your first in a long series of real winning
actions. Never mind what direction to take. It doesn't matter, not in
the slightest. Why? Because walking away from what is false is the same
as heading towards what is true. It may not seem so at the outset, but
for the first time in your life the rules of life will be working for you.
is how it works: Letting go of what holds you down is how you cooperate
with going up. You see, your True Nature is high. And this is your new
destination. But you don't choose it. No. You allow yourself to rise.
This may feel awkward, even frightening at first, but in time you will
recognize it as your natural need.
Learn to cooperate with the
real rules of life, with truthful principles, and let them lift you.
That is their job. Once we stop choosing to lose, winning in life takes
place effortlessly. It is that simple.
Favor of Your True Self
"But you can't be saying I should walk away from everything I have
worked for all my life?"
"No, I'm not. What I am saying is that we need to take a much closer
look at what we have been calling our life."
"To what purpose?"
see if it is really ours. Once we know what is authentically our own,
then we also know what to keep and protect and what to let go."
"I can understand this idea, but how does it apply to my life?"
look briefly at a true story from mother nature for some added insight.
The cuckoo bird is best known for laying its eggs in the nests of other
birds and leaving them there to hatch. She hides and waits until the
nesting bird flies away, leaving its eggs unguarded. The cuckoo then
swoops down and quickly lays one of her own so that when the
unsuspecting parent returns to the nest it dutifully nestles down on
what it believes to be its own clutch of eggs. Generally what happens
next is the cuckoo chick hatches first and pushes the later, weaker
hatchlings out of the nest. In this way, the parent birds, not
realizing the switch has occurred, spend their energies nurturing and
being responsible for something that doesn't belong to them."
"I like the story, but I'm not sure what you are trying to tell me."
"We too have been tricked into caring for a life that isn't really ours
by unconsciously adopting a kind of substitute self. Always hungry for
sensations and indiscriminate as to what kind, this self cares nothing
for us outside of what we can bring to it. This shadowy inner-self has
convinced us that what it wants is what we need. Over the years it has
displaced, one by one, our natural inclinations to seek self-wholeness
with its own unnatural drives for self-stimulation and
"So that's why you say I should go ahead and
walk away from my life—it may not even be mine! To tell you the truth,
there have been more than a few times when I can remember feeling as
though my life didn't belong to me. Does that make sense?”
we have all had that kind of unexplainable feelings at one moment or
another. But as there was no way at the time to understand the
importance of their brief appearance, we learned to just ignore them
until they faded. Well, the purpose of truthful principles, as with the
ones revealed here, is to reawaken these all-but-forgotten moments of
higher intuition that doubt what we have taken to be our present self.
Welcome their faint stirring even if it means having to bear a
temporary disturbance within you. These intuitive feelings are coming
to you from a part of your True Nature that wants you to stop working
against yourself and start learning in favor of who you really are."
Let the following Higher Hints help you to choose in favor of your True
Revealing yourself to yourself is choosing in favor of your True Self.
Learn to listen to any feelings that cast doubt on your need to suffer.
Asking to see more about a painful situation is the same as asking how
you can let it go.
(Excerpted from The
Secret of Letting Go, Rev. Edition, by Guy Finley,
Guy Finley is the
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is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit
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